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Editorial: Time for History!

Posted Mar 15, 2006 by Dana Massey

Editorial: Time for History!

Michael Hampden wants to know when the parade of fantasy games will end and historical MMORPGs will take hold. In a genre seeking new things to talk about, he sees historical MMORPGs as a fertile and untapped resource. What do you think?

There’s a little genre of MMO out there that’s slowly but surely gathering steam, and there’s more potential for innovation in this than in all the Intellectual Properties major developers are clamoring all over themselves for. What genre am I talking about? Historical MMOs.

Think about it, there are countless civilizations and cultures on which to base an MMO, each of them having a wealth of pre-existing legends and mythology to build upon. Not only that, but they also have an incredible amount of archeological and geographical elements to work with. Best of all is the history itself, which is an invaluable foundation on which to create a great storyline. Look at what HBO did with the series Rome for example. HBO took a number of historical facts, developed compelling fiction around them, and the resulting excellence was undeniable. Wouldn’t it be great if someone could do that with an MMO? Wouldn’t you love an MMO that allowed you to be a part of such rich world of intrigue?

Read his article here, then click over to our comment thread (below) to let your thoughts be known.

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